Basil isn't in season yet, but that doesn't mean you have to forego fresh pesto sauce! This version substitutes kale for basil, and is really amazing.
1 pound of whole-wheat pasta
3-4 cups kale, stems removed
1 cup of olive oil
1/2 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese
1 cup of walnuts
1 clove of garlic, chopped
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
Sprigs of fresh rosemary
Start a pot of water for the pasta. Cook pasta according to package directions.
Meanwhile, put kale, olive oil, cheese, walnuts, garlic, and lemon juice in a high-powered blender. Blend until smooth. Top with rosemary.
Drain the pasta and serve with sauce, additional Parmesan cheese, and cracked black pepper.
Who needs basil?!